Publish date22 Apr 2024 - 17:30
Story Code : 632711

Official: 2,000 Palestinians missing after Israel army withdrew from Gaza

Some 2,000 Palestinians have been found to be missing following the Israeli occupation army’s withdrawal from several areas across Gaza, spokesman for the Civil Defence in the Strip, Major Mahmoud Basal, has said.
Official: 2,000 Palestinians missing after Israel army withdrew from Gaza
He expressed deep concern regarding the fate of those missing, as their whereabouts are unknown, some of whom have been buried in unmarked graves.
Basal explained that the Israeli occupation forcibly disappearances Palestinians as part of a systematic strategy, and often bulldozes bodies and buries them before retreating.
Women and children make up the vast majority of victims found in mass graves, he added.
Israel is ethnically cleansing Gaza, Basal warned, adding that many of the deceased were found naked, with their identities unknown as their bodies were too decomposed to identify them, raising concerns about the use of new and previously unseen weapons that had caused victims’ bodies to disintegrate and turn into ash.
Basal urged international institutions to investigate these serious violations and to identify the types of weapons used in these attacks.
For the 198th day in a row, the Israeli occupation army continues its aggression against the Gaza Strip, which led to the death of 34,049 people and the injury of 76,901 others, in addition to the displacement of about 85 percent of the Strip population, according to Palestinian and international organisations.
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